The winners of the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, in which 11 North American universities applied advanced vehicle technologies to a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer while considering emissions, safety and consumer acceptability factors, have been unveiled.

The final year of the four-year competition launched by the U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors and MathWorks challenged teams to test, prove and refine their work from the previous three years. While replicating a real-world automotive product development cycle, the student teams tested advanced propulsion systems, electrification, SAE Level 2 automation, and vehicle connectivity to enhance the energy efficiency of a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer. Each team was scored across multiple dynamic vehicle testing events ranging from energy consumption to acceleration and drive quality, as well as a 175-mile on-road event through the Arizona desert to demonstrate each vehicle’s thermal management, range and overall durability.

Source: U.S. Department of EnergySource: U.S. Department of Energy

The Georgia Institute of Technology team drove into first place, with The Ohio State University taking second place and University of Alabama taking third.

A new Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition, the EcoCAR Electric Vehicle Challenge, was recently launched. During this four-year challenge, student teams across 15 academic institutions will be provided with a Cadillac LYRIQ, the brand’s first all-electric vehicle. The model will serve as the basis to advance and demonstrate technology that utilizes automation and vehicle-to-everything connectivity.

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